Saddlebred World Loses Margaret "Maggie" Robertson
Published Date: May 17, 2019
The American Saddlebred Horse Association is honored to remember the dedicated and beloved American Saddlebred enthusiast Margaret “Maggie” F. Robertson. Robertson passed away on April 29, 2019, at the age of 91 and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Robertson, her devoted husband George, and her family have been serving the Saddlebred breed and community they love in Wisconsin for decades. Whether as leaders of a barn family, horse show or fundraiser, the Robertson family gave their all to make the Saddlebred community a better place. Many will fondly remember her for managing the Milwaukee Spring Horse Show for years alongside George, her spirit for life in and out of the ring or her natural born talent to fundraise for horse shows.
Robertson left a profound impression on all she met, and many are forever grateful for what she contributed to their lives. Rick Wallen trained horses for the Robertson’s for over 20 years. They had an array of horses and ponies in all divisions that they enjoyed through the years. “Maggie was a great travel companion to shows, and her husband would stay at the farm and jog horses for me. They were the center of our barn family. Ever since I met them, they made me feel a part of their family and included me as one of their own. With my family so far away, it always meant a lot to me that I had them to celebrate the holidays with when I couldn’t get away from the farm,” Wallen shared.
Scott Matton will always remember Robertson for her character and tenacity. In the years of knowing her from the circuit and serving on show committees together, Matton got to know and appreciate this extraordinary woman. “She was amazing and was the most honest and forthright person you will ever know. She was the greatest solicitor of class sponsors in the entire world. Husband George is the greatest man I have ever known,” said Matton.
In the ring, Robertson enjoyed a beautiful journey with the wonderful mare CHSultan’s Sweet Romance (104811M*) whom she showed for almost ten years earning in the Show Pleasure, Country & Show Pleasure Driving & Western Country Pleasure divisions earning all of the mare’s CH points. Always one to include others Robertson shared the love of the breed and this special mare with many others on the circuit. As longtime trainer and friend Rick Wallen shared, “Maggie loved to go fast” and had many road ponies she campaign throughout the years. One special one being Seamair’s Caprice.
The horses were a family affair for the Robertson’s, and their passion for the breed and the community continues today with her daughter Cindy and granddaughter Sarah who stay connected to the breed through Terri Anne Ullman of Winsome Farm.
Maggie is survived by her husband George and children John, Cynthia (Thomas) Price, Christine (Ralph) Druecke and Thomas (Bea-Ida) and further survived by four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She impacted many others outside of the Saddlebred community through her time as a legendary substitute teacher in the Brookfield school system. If desired, send memorials to American Saddlebred Museum or a charity of your choice.